Air head wants to get a PhD
Christopher Brereton First published by the South Manchester Reporter
Published: 28th July 2005
AMANDA Griffiths is studying air guitar for her PhD.
MEET madcap Amanda Griffiths of Chorlton, the PhD student who is studying for a doctorate - in air guitar.Amanda is researching the phenomena of playing along to famous electric guitar solos with nothing more in your hands than a fistful of fresh air as part of her doctorate at the University of Salford.And the 32-year-old is even a special guest at the Air Guitar World Championships held in Oulu, where she will give a lecture on the subject.Her love of the invisible instrument first became serious in 2002 when she came fourth in the UK championships.Her success inspired her to study the subject in more detail - leading to the invitation to attend the multi-national competition.Amanda said: “It’s an honour to be asked to lecture at what is the biggest event in any air guitarist’s calendar.“People travel from all over the world to compete and I can’t wait to meet them and find out what it is that drives them to play.“I am really excited about the opportunity and I never thought studying the air guitar would allow me to travel to different parts of the world and meet fellow rockers.”Whilst on the trip she will be accompanied by film-maker Scott Abraham and the pair are looking for sponsors to help make their dream of an air guitar rockumentary come true.The pair are desperately seeking around £2000 to fund their project and are looking for anyone to help their cause.Amanda said: “No donation is too small for us and we need all the money we can get.“If anyone does come forward to help us we would be happy to promote their goods or services when on the trip.”Scott, who has worked on programmes such as Coronation Street and Phoenix Nights, added: “Any level of investment would be most welcome at this stage."....